How to Make the Most Out of Your Dorm Room

by Dair Rose

As fun as college can be, decorating your dorm room can be a real drag. Not only are you working with a tiny amount of square footage, much like any other rental, you can’t make any permanent changes—i.e. nail holes, wall paint, etc.—to the place.

But fret not my studious friends: There are still plenty of ways to score a superior dorm room without making any major changes. To prove our point, we put together a list of nine ways to make the most out your dorm room, no hammer or nails necessary.

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1. Removable Wallpaper

A single statement wall goes a long way in a small space. If you can’t hang art or paint your dorm room, removable wallpaper is the next best thing. It comes in all kinds of cool patterns and colours, and you can just peel it off and take it with you when you move.

2. Curtains

Who says curtains can’t be cool? Even if your dorm only has one measly window, you can dress it up in seconds with a pretty curtain panel (in just about any colour or pattern you choose). Maybe even DIY with a unique material from a fabric store!


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3. Knobs

Furniture knobs are a super simple and affordable way to liven up a small space. Upgrade your cabinet and dresser hardware with a handful of fun new knobs; just remember to switch them back before you move out.


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4. Houseplants

Not only are houseplants affordable and stylish, they’ll help purify your dorm room’s air. Consider a low-maintenance plant, like a snake plant or heartleaf philodendron, so you won’t have to worry too much about sunlight in your small space. Plus, you can find tons of cute plant pots new AND secondhand.

5. Bedding

Like rugs, good bedding makes a big difference in a dorm room. Invest in a quality sheet set and sleep more soundly at night. Mix it up with eye catching pillows and soft blankets.

6. Mirrors

Mirrors can work wonders for a cramped dorm room. Not only do they create the illusion of depth and dimension, they help open up a small space by making it appear bigger! If you can’t hang one up, considered leaning an oversized one against a wall or propping up a few smaller ones throughout your space.


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7. Rugs

A good rug makes a big impact in a tiny room. Opt for a boldly patterned one if you want to dress up your dorm with a pop of color or a textured one in a neutral tone if you consider yourself more of a minimalist.


Book basket storage

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8. Storage Baskets

Working with little to no storage space in your dorm room? No worries. Storage baskets are chic and affordable, and perfect for piling up textbooks and other school supplies—and keeping them out of plain sight.

9. Quality Mattress

A good night's sleep depends on this. You're in classes, studying, working hard, and trying to balance this busy time in your life. A comfortable, supportive mattress like the ones we have here at Haven will help provide the rest you need to succeed. Perfect for Netflix, maybe chilling, reading, snoozing, and more. Plus, they're plant-based, made in Canada, and for every 10 mattresses sold, 1 is donated to charity, so you can feel good about your choice.


Decorating a tiny dorm room is never easy. Luckily, there are several ways to liven up your dorm room without making any permanent changes— and score some perks like fresher air, fun colours, and extra storage space while you're at it.

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